Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 23, 2011 8:00PM ET
The Atlantic Wire will be giving thanks for a short week away from our keyboards on Thursday, but we will be back in gear on Friday. In the meantime, have a restful, happy Thanksgiving.
Nov 23, 2011 5:25PM ET
The WikiLeaks truck that graced the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park for most of its duration got lost last week when New York Police impounded it, and now that it's been found in a police impound lot, it's not in great shape.
Nov 23, 2011 4:40PM ET
One of the two new alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case is a relative of the former Penn State assistant football coach, reports Patriot-News.
Nov 23, 2011 3:11PM ET
Thanks to technology and science, Thanksgiving has gotten better for astronauts.
Nov 23, 2011 12:49PM ET
Today in academia: UC Davis is paying for pepper spray bills, the latest undercover for-profit investigation, the Long Island cheating ring balloons, and the snack professor is forced to go to class even if snacks aren't present.
Nov 23, 2011 11:35AM ET
The Thanksgiving turkey pardoning is an annual tradition old enough that the White House isn't really sure when it started, and no one really expects the president to take the event, despite its age, all that seriously.
Nov 23, 2011 10:00AM ET
Discovered: raptor dinosaurs ate birds, rabbits test out digital contact lenses, an energy drink-fueled rise in hospital visits and the crazy ideas people get after taking a multivitamin.
Nov 23, 2011 9:40AM ET
Michael Medved on Romney's electability, Stephen Carter on charitable deductions, Andrew Reynolds on Egypt's elections, Eli Lake on Pakistan's ambassador, and Sarah Schulman on gays and anti-Muslim sentiment.
Nov 23, 2011 9:03AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Nov 23, 2011 7:30AM ET
The heavy reliance on tear gas, pepper spray, and other "safe" crowd control measures from Oakland to Cairo is raising new concerns about just how much damage police and armies are doing to unarmed citizens.
Nov 23, 2011 6:22AM ET
Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania have opened two new cases of alleged child abuse against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky that could be the first involving children who are currently minors.
Nov 22, 2011 10:14PM ET
After a tough week for protesters both in New York and in Cairo, Occupy Wall Street has stalled their planned trip to Egypt, citing logistical roadblocks and safety concerns.
Nov 22, 2011 6:47PM ET
John Pike, the officer who was seen casually pepper-spraying seated UC Davis protesters, was once given an award in 2006 for not using pepper spray in a campus incident because he didn't want to harm his fellow officers.
Nov 22, 2011 6:42PM ET
One of the protesters arrested during Occupy Wall Street's massive New York protest last week was held on $25,000 bail for a weapons charge, and on Monday night the occupiers voted to post it for him.
Nov 22, 2011 6:40PM ET
Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon said today he will block executions in the state for the remainder of his term, just a month before Oregon was scheduled to execute its third inmate since reinstating the death penalty in 1984.
Nov 22, 2011 6:10PM ET
This is just one strange data point found by blogger Jim Romenesko over at his new blog on some of the more peculiar habits of NPR listeners.
Nov 22, 2011 5:58PM ET
Lately, clothing stores haven't had enough sense to discern the line between popular slogan and inappropriate saying, so we're suggesting they call the whole thing off.
Nov 22, 2011 5:00PM ET
If you haven't booked your Thanksgiving flights yet (you better get on that), then our Chart of the Day just may be able to help you choose which airline is most likely to get you home on time for turkey.
Nov 22, 2011 12:58PM ET
Today in academia: a fundamentalist college with a large Catholic art collection, an undisturbed night for UC Davis protesters, rebranding of Occupy UCLA, and Harvard's early applicants.
Nov 22, 2011 12:45PM ET
If Fox News's Megyn Kelly actually has to eat pepper spray for her off-comment on last night's O'Reilly Factor, we hear it apparently tastes good.
Nov 22, 2011 10:59AM ET
Discovered: "smart bomb" mouthwash, a possible acne medication side effect, a better word for "cancer," why we evolved to get braces, and hoping for a better coffee mug.
Nov 22, 2011 10:39AM ET
Each weekend when Leon Panetta flies roundtrip from Washington D.C. to Monterey, California, it costs around $30,000--you're paying for it, and he's only reimbursing you for the price of a coach seat.
Nov 22, 2011 9:54AM ET
The FBI declined to take up New York City's investigation of a terrorism suspect because the police department's own informant helped him so much.
Nov 22, 2011 9:35AM ET
William Galston on the Super Committee, Bret Stephens on tonight's debate, Jeffrey Toobin on pepper spray, Conor Friedersdorf on Obama's foreign policy failures, and David Brooks on parties in the minority.
Nov 22, 2011 8:34AM ET
Nov 22, 2011 6:43AM ET
Houston police shot and wounded a man firing a rifle near the city's downtown Occupy Wall Street camp, but the incident doesn't appear to be related to the ongoing protest.
Nov 22, 2011 6:24AM ET
A small plane skidded off a runway at an airport near Houston last night, but when police arrived on the scene to conduct a rescue they found a damaged aircraft filled with marijuana and no pilot.
Nov 21, 2011 4:56PM ET
Spurred by the prominent and recurring use of pepper spray by police officers during encounters with Occupy Wall Street protesters, Deborah Blum investigated the substance and its potential health effects for Scientific American.
Nov 21, 2011 4:47PM ET
With the latest cinematic installment on the Twilight saga in theaters, literary social network Goodreads pulls together its own data from the U.S. to figure out which states love young-adult vampire series the most.
Nov 21, 2011 4:35PM ET
An Air Force airman, armed with his own pistol, has barricaded himself in "a building at an Air Force base in Colorado that controls all GPS satellites" but so far there have been no disruptions to the satellite operations, the AP reports.